Drug & Alcohol Assessment
The Drug and Alcohol Program is carefully managed by an experienced mulit-disciplinary team who specialise in the care of patients with chemical dependencies.
A pre-admission assessment is conducted to determine the type of withdrawal regime required and the direction of the treatment for drug withdrawal.
Referral for assessment to the Drug and Alcohol Unit for alcohol withdrawal can be on a self referral basis.
If patients require detoxification they are treated as an in-patient at the Adelaide Clinic. This integrated service has been very successful as it recognises ‘dual diagnoses’ patient (i.e. drug and alcohol addiction associated with an underlying mental health issue).
The nature of the withdrawal procedure is determined by the nature and extent of the individual’s substance dependence. The detoxification process usually takes from 5 to 14 days to complete.
A rehabilitation program commences at the completion of detoxification and includes both group and individual counselling sessions, to assist in relapse prevention and the transition from hospital
Making a referral
If you would like additional information about the Drug & Alcohol Unit, please call the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at the Kahlyn Day Centre on 8331 0811.
Private Health Care is recommended.
Day Program Services
The Day program includes specialised therapy modules such as Psychotherapy, relaxation, assertiveness training, anxiety management and support, discussion groups and a range of art, craft, leisure and daily living issues to assist patients in gaining further insight into their condition.
The Program staff has built a reputation for understanding the needs of the mentally ill. The best interests of the patient are their only interest and this attitude forms the basis of the programs.
Specialised programs provide an opportunity for people to learn more about their illness and develop coping skills to better manage their lives. Programs aim to have the patient learn the relationship between thinking, feeling and behaviour – to develop problem-solving strategies and be able to discriminate between irrational and rational thinking. The expected outcome for the patient will include an improvement to their organisational ability, their judgement and reasoning skills. Along the way they will gain an increased awareness of socially accepted behaviour and also improve their self-image. These processes will also help the individual to increase their self-initiative and function more independently in the community setting.
Programs available include:
- New Ways
- Diversional Therapy
- Stress/Anxiety Management
- Depression Management
- Implementing change
- Personal Growth
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Assertive Training and the recently introduced
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Referrals into any of the programs require a referral from a Psychiatrist. If you would like more information or would like to make a referral, please contact the Program Manager at Kahlyn Day Centre.
Doctors may recommend that a patient be treated with Clozaril™, a drug treatment for controlling the symptoms of schizophrenia (for example, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, lack of motivation and deadening of feelings). Some people start to feel better within the first few weeks but others may take up to a year to show an improvement. The Clozaril Clinic is provided to monitor the patients response to the treatment, provide access to Clinical Investigations and provide ongoing support to the patient.